Santa Teresa High grad has #1 jump in the nation at 7'3".
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Though he only competed for his senior year at Santa Teresa after transferring form El Paso, New Mexicans are non the less extremely proud and right behind the Nebraska bound Carlos Hernandez. June 12th, when at a youth meet at Andress High, he jumped higher than any American high schooler has all season.

His 7-foot-3 jump ranked him among the favorites at the USATF Junior National Championships in Eugene, Oregon and placed him at the top of the list for high schoolers this year.

Wearing track shoes that were breaking down during the event, he needed two attempts to clear 7-0, got a new personal best at 7-2 on his first try that matched the best jump by a high schooler in America this season, then did the same at 7-3.

Hernandez had several good attempts at 7-4 but by then his shoe was literally falling apart, causing him to slip a bit on his plant.

Nebraska, a traditional high jump power, recruited Hernandez though he is a short (by event standards) athlete whose personal record on signing day was just 7'. Exceptional, but usually not Nebraska level.

That decision looks brilliant now, and Nebraska head coach Gary Pepin, who will begin his 29th year in that capacity this fall, said that raw potential was just one reason he wanted Hernandez in Lincoln.

"He's a little guy for the high jump, but he's very, very explosive," said Pepin, who coaches the high jumpers along with his former star, 2008 Olympian and eight-time NCAA All-American Dusty Jonas.

Hernandez's Cornhusker career will start with his first-ever in door season this coming winter.